The New Jersey Nets entered Saturday with hopes of finally winning a game in the 2009-2010 season. The Nets had reason to have hope. Their star player, Devin Harris, was returning to the team after a injury that kept him out of 10 games. They were also playing the New York Knicks who are not that good this season. The Nets were 0-12 entering the game and hoped to finally end their bad luck and go 1-12.
But a win was not going to happen.
Al Harrington and Danilo Gallinari of the Knicks each had 17 points to help keep the New Jersey Nets winless in this new campaign. The Knicks' David Lee also contributed with 16 points and 12 rebounds. The Knicks showed that they were not the worst in the East and that bad basketball is not played in New York, but in New Jersey.
The Nets are about to go on a very difficult road trip out West to play the Denver Nuggets, Portland Trailblazers, and Los Angeles Lakers. The main goal of this trip for the Nets is to get a win and try not to start the season with a record of 0-17 to tie the NBA record set by the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers.
Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 24 points and Nets Center Brook Lopez had 18 points. The nets didn't even crack 90 points against one of the NBA's worst defensive teams.
Devin Harris made his return to the Nets and immediately had an impact and had his presence heard in the first quarter. For the most part, Harris looked healthy and the Nets are happy to have him back.
But Harris was not enough to propel the Nets over the Knicks in the end. The 98-91 loss to the Knicks puts the Nets' coach Lawrence Frank on the hot-seat in New Jersey. In January 2004, when Frank was promoted to the head coach job, he won a streak of 13 games to begin his career. He now has a streak of 13 losses to match that.
The game was very bad overall for the Nets and the fans in the stands. But the kids did have fun as Dora the Explorer went on the court a few times and an Elmo balloon hovered above the court for most of the game.
These tow teams are bad and could already be looking forward to 2010. It's going to be a battle between these two for a possible number one draft pick this summer. Better yet, the battle for LeBron James could be between these two.